1999 Vérité La Muse

  • 97 WA
  • 85 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 60331-1999

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    (89% merlot and 11% cabernet sauvignon) Saturated medium ruby. Smoky aromas of redcurrant, Cuban tobacco and game. Dense, concentrated and silky; suggests almost roasted ripeness yet also possesses excellent verve and lift. This has lovely fruit. Finishes with dusty tannins and excellent length.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2002
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    A blend of 89% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon (84% of the fruit from Sonoma and 16% from Napa), the 1999 is soft enough to be considered fully mature. Sweet aromas of espresso roast, plum sauce, black currants and forest floor are followed by a delicious, chewy, complex wine that should drink well for another 12-14 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 85

    Tight and focused, though a touch dry, with cherry and cranberry flavors that are well-framed with cedary, camphor-laced oak. Smoky, charry olive ftertaste. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. 1,900 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: gotwine
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Beautiful wine. Decanted for about an hour. Dark ink in color. Nose was still opening when I first smelled but had a nice cedar/wood and vanilla smell to it. Tasting of tobacco and plums with a medium finish. Not my best bottle of Verite but it's definitely a solid showing.
    Author: rdalehite
  • Self | Rating: 93

    earthy and leathery, dry with depth. Very rounded.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2014
    Author: Ed K994
"The name Verite, French for truth, stands for wines that reflect their soil with integrity." The artisanal project of the late legendary California wine pioneer Jess Jackson, Verite sets out to produce serious Bordeaux-quality wines, with distinct California charm. To carry out his vision, Jackson imported Bordelais winemaker Pierre Seillan to craft three separate cuvees, each in the style of individual Bordeaux communes.

From high elevation vineyards in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley, Knight's Valley, Bennett Valley and Chalk Hill appellations, comes "La Joie," "Le Desire," and "La Muse." While "La Joie" is a Cabernet-based nod to Paulliac, "Le Desire" and "La Muse" aspire toward Cabernet Franc-friendly Saint-Emilion and Merlot-centric Pomerol respectively. Not unlike their Bordeux counterparts, these wines are built to last 30-50 years, so to expect a typical fruit-driven, vivacious wine would be a mistake. The care taken to craft these profound efforts has been recognized by Robert Parker, who has awarded seven 100-point scores for Verite's three blends, the first time a Sonoma County winery has received this many perfect scores.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 745 bottles owned
  • 174 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 174 collectors)